Emmy Award-winner Barry Tompkins is a member of Tennis Channel's on-air talent team. One of the sports world's most respected broadcasters, Tompkins has a virtually peerless career of nearly 40 years. He is Tennis Channel's lead play-by-play announcer for the International Tennis Federation Women's Fed Cup competition, and also serves as commentator and analyst for both the men's and women's professional tours.
A recipient of six CableACE Awards, four Emmy Awards, a Press Club Award, and 1992's prestigious Sam Taub Award for boxing commentator of the year, Tompkins has covered six Olympic Games including the 2004 Games in Athens for NBC – as well as 15 Super Bowls, six World Series, 14 Wimbledons, six French Opens, three US Opens, three NCAA Final Fours, The Masters Tournament, and countless championship boxing matches.
In addition to his work for Tennis Channel, Tompkins continues to cover 70 events a year for FOX Sports Net, including Pac-10 Conference football and basketball, boxing, tennis, golf, the Olympic Festival and assorted major event preview shows. He also currently serves as a boxing announcer for several pay-per-view events. And, his notoriety has grown recently with HBO's "Legendary Nights," a 30-year boxing retrospective series, which showcases his ringside work during matches initially telecast in the 1980s.
Tompkins began his broadcasting career writing commentaries and producing college football for San Francisco radio station KCBS-AM in 1965, before being hired as sports director at the city's KPIX-TV. In 1974, he moved to New York to join WNBC-TV as a sports anchor and feature reporter, before segueing to NBC Sports a year later to host weekly radio shows. Tompkins also provided daily commentaries for the NBC Radio Network, feature stories for an NFL show, and television play-by-play for basketball and football. He returned to San Francisco in 1978 and joined KRON-TV as sports director, while continuing to cover Pac-10 basketball for NBC as well as feature stories for its NFL pre-game show. He left KRON in 1980 to join HBO as host and commentator of their world championship boxing series, in addition to Wimbledon tennis, figure skating championships, gymnastics championships and several anthology series. From 1988–1995, Tompkins was at ESPN, as their commentator for "Top Rank Boxing," as well as for college basketball, gymnastics, track and field, football, tennis, figure skating and billiards.
Tompkins resides in Ross, Calif., with his wife Joan Ryan, an author and columnist for The San Francisco Chronicle, and their son Ryan.